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What are symptoms to look out for regarding high blood pressure?

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High blood pressure, also called hypertension, often has no symptoms. But if your blood pressure is very high, you may notice signs such as:

If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately. You could be having a hypertensive crisis that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

  • Severe headache
  • Tiredness or confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears

SOURCE: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 23, 2018

SOURCE: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 23, 2018

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